The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) is one of the four research institutes of the Faculty of Humanities. The researchers from the departments of Languages, Literature and Communication and Media and Culture Studies who belong to ICON are organised in the six research groups.

Interdisciplinary and international research

The members of these research groups often work together to explore issues concerning different facets of the role played by art, culture, and media in present-day society. Through their interdisciplinary projects, they contribute towards the university’s focus area's Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights and Game Research, and to the strategic themes Institutions for Open Societies and Dynamics of Youth.

ICON scholars are also members of national research schools and are active in numerous international partnerships and networks in their various disciplines. Collaboration with other partners within society is also a key priority for ICON.

medieval studies | comparative literature | musicology | theatre studies | film studies | television studies | game studies | gender studies | media and data


19 November 2019
Last month, De Gruyter published 'Early Printed Narrative Literature in Western Europe', edited by Bart Besamusca, Elisabeth de Bruijn and Frank Willaert.
12 November 2019
The Dutch Research Council will finance a project on the meanings of home for Arab LGBT refugees in Amsterdam, carried out by Nisrine Chaer.
12 November 2019
Last month, SAGE published "The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration", edited by Dr Koen Leurs and other researchers.


25 November 2019 14:00 - 15:30
How do screenwriters in the Netherlands experience the proclaimed shift towards ‘data-driven’ screenwriting?
Film Cold War
25 November 2019 17:00 - 19:00
Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s, the film depicts an impossible love story inimpossible times.
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26 November 2019 20:00 - 21:30
What makes people live and die for nations? Literary scholar Prof Joep Leerssen explains the power of the imagined community.